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Avista helps with winter heating costs by donating $326,000 for area energy assistance programs

December 26, 2012

$226,000 will go to Project Share in Washington, Idaho and Oregon, and $100,000 will go to 19 non-profit organizations in Washington

SPOKANE, Wash. Dec. 26, 2012: Households that are having trouble paying their heating bills this winter will receive help as the result of $326,000 in donations Avista is making to Project Share in the utility’s service area of eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts of southern and eastern Oregon and to 19 human care service organizations in eastern Washington.

“We know that the economy of our service territory continues to be depressed and that it is difficult for families to make ends meet. The organizations receiving these Project Share and CARES donations are an important safety net. They provide vital assistance that helps those most in need meet the costs of housing, food and medicine, and keeping their homes warm this winter,” said Scott Morris, chairman, president and CEO of Avista Corp.

Project Share will receive $226,000 from Avista and its employees. The program provides emergency grants to help families meet energy costs regardless of the fuel used to heat their home. The program is administered by SNAP in eastern Washington and by community action programs in other areas of our service territory. In 2011, more than 2,100 households received emergency energy assistance through Project Share. The funds for this donation come from company profits and employee donations and are not included as a cost to customers in developing rates.

“This donation is another amazing example of Avista taking the initiative to support our neighbors during difficult times,” said SNAP CEO Julie Honekamp. “We greatly value this collaborative effort that continues to be a vital benefit to our community. More homes will stay warm throughout the winter because of this.”

Additionally, Avista is partnering with 19 community service agencies in eastern Washington to make grants for energy assistance to qualifying Avista customers in need this winter. Avista has contributed a total of $100,000 to the agencies for customers who have exhausted all other available energy assistance resources. The organizations were identified by Avista’s CARES representatives (Customer Assistance Referral and Evaluation Service), who are specially trained and who work closest with our most vulnerable customers.

The funds for the CARES donations come from a state utility tax credit Avista receives that is associated with our low-income energy assistance programs.


2012 CARES Donations

Organization Name


Aging and Long-term Care Southeast WA (for Asotin County)


American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest

Spokane Valley

Cancer Patient Care


Caritas Center


Catholic Charities


Colville Volunteer Food & Resource Center


Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Outreach Center


New Hope Resource Center


Our Place Community Ministries


St Vincent DePaul


St. Vincent DePaul


Salvation Army of Lewiston*

Lewiston, ID

Salvation Army of Spokane


Scottish Rite


Spokane Tribe of Indians


Spokane Valley Partners

Spokane Valley

The Greenhouse

Deer Park

Volunteers of America




























*Serving residents of Clarkston, Wash.

Avista Corp. is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses.  Avista Utilities is our operating division that provides electric service to 361,000 customers and natural gas to 320,000 customers.  Our service territory covers 30,000 square miles in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts of southern and eastern Oregon, with a population of 1.5 million.  Avista's primary, non-utility subsidiary is Ecova, an energy and sustainability management company with more than 500 multi-site commercial and utility customers, representing more than 450,000 sites.  Our stock is traded under the ticker symbol "AVA."  For more information about Avista, please visit www.avistacorp.com.

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